Juan Johnson

Juan Johnson

Juan Johnson turned himself into Candler County Deputies on June 26. He was arrested without incident.


Police Chief Rob Shore announced on Tuesday evening that the vehicle that was reported stolen shortly after the murder of Willie Cheley Jr. on Thursday has been recovered in Candler County. The suspect, Juan Dwayne Johnson, 23, of Metter, remains at large and Shore said he believes Johnson may no longer be in Candler County.


As of Tuesday, June 23, at press time, murder suspect Juan Dwayne Johnson, 23, of Metter remains at large, four days after the death of Willie Cheley Jr.

Cheley was found Thursday on North Trapnell Street around 9:30 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Candler County Hospital where he later died.

After the incident, Metter Police asked GBI to investigate. During the investigation, agents learned that there had been a domestic dispute prior to the shooting. 

Johnson has active warrants for Felony Murder and Aggravated Assault and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

Investigators believe that he has left the area and may be traveling in a 2007 gray Honda Accord, license plate RUT5084. 

The vehicle was stolen shortly after the murder in close proximity to the incident scene. Anyone that sees the vehicle should call 911 and use caution as Johnson could still be armed with a weapon. 

Anyone with information is urged to contact the GBI at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477) or contact Metter Police Department at 912-685-5437, the GBI-Statesboro Field Office at 912-871-1121 or call 911.

Johnson is described as 5'9", 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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